The European Union, EU, in Nigeria has empowered forty thousand small scale farmers in 80 communities in Taraba State to ensure access to food to rural dwellers and strengthen structures of government for sustainable growth.
The EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr Temitayo Omole, made this known in Abuja, at a review meeting of the EU support to food security and resilience Project PROSELL, implemented in Taraba state.
According to Mr Omole, €10m was earmarked for the implementation of the project.
“The documentation of the process that we are preparing on the programme that will be eventually handed over to the State Authorities, would serve as the guiding principles to ensure implementation of similar programme in rural communities in the state” he said
The Country Director, Oxfam Nigeria, Mr Vincent Ahonsi, said that the implementation of the project had led to knowledge transfer and linkages to efficient market systems, especially for rural women in the state.
“Rural livelihood can be greatly improved through a hybrid of approaches that aim at building capacity for optimised livelihood, facilitate rural financial inclusion, promote women economic empowerment and affordable agricultural inputs to small holder farmers” he said
The Commissioner of Agriculture, Taraba state, Mr David Ishaga, expressed optimism that the project was an intervention targeted at the poorest of the poor in the state.
Some of the beneficiaries appreciated the EU and its partners for the support and pledged to adopt all strategies to sustain gains of the project.
Reporting by Azizatu Sani; Editing by Julian Osamoto & Adeniyi Bakare